David Bauman Obituary, Little Rock AR, Tribute to a Life of Service and Compassion


David Bauman Obituary, Death –  Stanley M. Bauman Jr., affectionately known as Bud, left an indelible mark on the hearts of those who knew him. Born on November 7, 1926, in Little Rock, he dedicated his life to family, community, and service. On November 4, 2010, at the age of 83, Bud passed away at his home, leaving behind a legacy of love and a lifetime of accomplishments.

Bud’s 60-year love affair with his wife, Barbara Grundfest Bauman, was a testament to enduring love and partnership. Their journey together was filled with shared joys, challenges, and a commitment that stood the test of time. Bud’s devotion to Barbara was a cornerstone of his life, shaping the values that would guide him in all aspects of his journey. Family was at the center of Bud’s world. He is survived by his children, David Bauman and his wife Kathy, Merrill Bauman Stern and her husband Michael, and Steve Bauman and his wife Jill. Bud’s love extended to his grandchildren—Katie Bauman and her husband Adam Eckstein, Annie Bauman, Jennifer Stern Adair and her husband Jordan, Lisa Stern Fay and her husband Alex, Jay Bauman, and Barrie Bauman, along with her fiancé, Cole Silverman.

The joy of his life, his great-granddaughter Gracie Ruth Eckstein, added an extra sparkle to his later years. Bud was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, his parents, Stanley M. Bauman Sr. and Sadee Alexander Bauman, and his sister, Betty Bauman Davis. While their physical presence may have departed, their memory continued to live on in Bud’s heart and the hearts of those who cherished them. A proud graduate of the University of Illinois and a U.S. Army veteran, Bud’s professional journey led him to become a Vice-President and Director of the Sterling Stores Company. Beyond his business pursuits, he dedicated his time and energy as a two-time Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, embodying a commitment to the well-being of the community’s youngest members.

Bud was not only a man of business but also an avid golfer. Over two decades, he and Bobby enjoyed winters at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic, creating cherished memories under the sun. His spiritual home, Congregation B’Nai Israel in Little Rock, was a constant source of strength and community throughout his life. Bud’s impact extended beyond family and professional spheres. His close friends, Norma Jean and Gene Lockwood, shared in his joys and sorrows. The importance of companionship was evident in his cherished friendship with Katie and Annie’s mother, Susan Bauman, and his dear friend and caregiver, Bertha Roberts. In the tapestry of Stanley M. Bauman Jr.’s life, love, family, and service were intricately woven.

As we reflect on his journey, we remember a man who prioritized others, leaving behind a legacy that will be cherished for generations to come. Bud’s spirit lives on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to be touched by his warmth, kindness, and unwavering love for family and community.